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The new Rotax Pro Tour Rankings cycle kicked off at Canberra on the weekend (26th-28th October) with Exprit drivers putting in standout performances to come away with smiles all round.
The first winner of the weekend was DD2 Masters driver Tony Prendergast who came out on top in one of the most exciting races of the day. Prendergast shared the race lead with Jose Ruiz and Hamish Leighton multiple times throughout the Final, but managed to take the lead when it counted and greeted the chequered flag first.
Rotax Heavy driver Michael Saller broke through for his first ever pole position at a Pro Tour, and backed it up with a win in Heat 1 and also the Pre-Final. In the end, Saller scored 2nd place in the 30 lap Final after taking an early race lead ahead of Rick Pringle, Troy Woolston and fellow Exprit driver William Yarwood.
Exprit Australia brand ambassador and current Rotax Light Australian Champion, Pierce Lehane took full advantage of the new Rotax Rankings points by clean sweeping the over-subscribed category. Lehane qualified fastest with a blistering time of 30.847, and went on to win every race convincingly including the 30 lap Final by over 6 seconds ahead of fellow Team Australia driver Daniel Rochford.
Lehane will now start preparing for his fourth consecutive trip to the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals, this year to be held in Portugal. After 3 years of competing in the Junior Max category, the 16 year old teenager from Castle Hill will now take on the world’s best in Senior Max.
Joining Lehane in Portugal will be fellow Exprit driver Brent Coghlan from DD2 Masters, who will take part in his second Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals. Coghlan finished 5th at last years event held at Al Ain Raceway in Dubai, and will be returning to the world stage for another shot at what is dubbed the ‘Olympics of Karting’.
Here’s to wishing our Exprit drivers all the best representing Australia!
To add to the successful weekend in Canberra, Exprit also takes the early lead in the manufacturers cup, ahead of CRG, Tony Kart, Arrow and RK Karts.